Students learn about geography, weather and human stamina while reading about a round-the-world endurance sailboat race. Teachers may wish to review students' knowledge of geography and weather or introduce new terms by using the three reproducibles that divide the Volvo Ocean Race into segments: Southampton, England, to Auckland, New Zealand; Auckland to Baltimore, Maryland; and Baltimore/Annapolis to Kiel, Germany. The youngest students are provided a multiple-choice quiz, "Which of These Is True?" The challenges to safety and health during endurance races are examined in "Careful Packing." Vocabulary, Web resources and "Word Study: A Look at Circumnavigation" are also included.

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